Stars of American Horror Story have paid tribute to their late colleague Ben Woolf after he passed away on Monday (23Feb15). The diminutive actor died in hospital in Los Angeles four days after he struck on the head by the wing mirror of a car as he crossed a street in Hollywood.
His American Horror Story co-stars have taken to Twitter.com to pay tribute to Woolf, who had a semi-regular role in the TV series since 2011.
Sarah Paulson writes, "Ben Woolf... We will never forget you. RIP" and Evan Peters adds, "Guys, sad news, @Bwoolf has passed away this afternoon... #RIPBenWoolf."
Michael Chiklis writes, "Just heard the awful news. RIP Ben Woolf. Such a sweet man and far too young to leave this world" and series creator Ryan Murphy adds, "RIP Ben Woolf. One of the most inspirational people I've ever met."
It's easy to get swept up with major Hollywood stars this time of year, gazing at the red carpet and thinking of these celebs as superhuman megastars, but even the biggest names around got their starts in less glamorous ways. Before their Oscars and Emmys, these stars had Pop Tarts and Lisa Frank.
1. Ben Affleck
Dig those smooth moves and that hip phone! The two-time Oscar winner starred in this Burger King commercial before becoming the megastar we know today from films like Good Will Hunting and Gone Girl. His next role may be playing Batman, but now we'll always think of him as this bad boy who breaks the rules.
2. Brad Pitt
It may be crazy to see a superstar like Brad Pitt shelling for potato chips, but if you think about it, not much has really changed for the Oscar-winning Fight Club star since this Pringles commercial: he still looks good enough to make our mouths water.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Since starring in this commercial for MTV's Super Sweet 16, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has taught those boys how to properly carry her around on her throne, where this Oscar-winning actress belongs.
4. Stanley Tucci
We've always loved The Devil Wears Prada's Stanley Tucci, but seeing him young and hunky in this Levi's commercial made us love him even more.
5. Steve Carell
Steve Carell may have received his first Oscar nomination for his dramatic role in Foxcatcher, but this commercial shows that he's at his best when he's being funny and lovable.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
We're like 97% sure we'd take our pants off immediately if Leo came up to us now and told us to "keep it poppin" or to "save some for Daddy." The 5-time Academy Award nominee is underrated even when it comes to his commercials.
7. Haley Joel Osment
We're just gonna throw this out there: The Sixth Sense could have been a much better movie if they'd stuck to the original line, "I see snack dragons." Just saying. Also, not even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle would eat a pizza that looks that gross, Kraft.
8. Naomi Watts
Young Naomi Watts, the two-time Academy Award nominee you know from films like Birdman and Mulholland Drive, was once a teenager with a thick Australian accent. Like most of us, the near-perfect actress worried about her skin, her figure, and "that one" problem we don't talk about.
9. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone
"You sound like a commercial." "You buyin' it?" This is the greatest moment of either of their careers. Just kidding, Sharon Stone has gone on to many other performances that are just as good, if not better.
10. Mila Kunis
So, we guess we can thank Mila Kunis for helping make Lisa Frank such a thing in the 90s. It's hard to believe that the star was only two years away from her breakout role on That '70s Show.
11. Elijah Wood:
We've always had a lot of love for Elijah Wood's facial expressions. From Lord of the Rings to Wilfred, his face is sometimes the only thing that makes his performances entertaining. This commercial might just be his shining moment.
12. Kristen Stewart
We love how sassy Kristen Stewart is in this Porsche commercial -- that head nod and "duh" look on her face, as if she would lie about missing her bus, Dad. But secretly, she's all *Live Fast, Die Hard, Bad Girls, Do It Well* #YOLO. Performance of her career, honestly.
13. Meg Ryan
We would personally rather watch a never-ending loop of Meg Ryan's face appearing over the Burger King logo than watch Sleepless in Seattle.
14. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
How many times have we fantasized about the chance to be at Joseph Gordon Levitt's house with him making us breakfast in the morning? Countless. But we never imagined it could be as adorable and delicious as this 1991 Pop Tarts commercial makes it seem.
15. Tobey Maguire
Yo, Spider-Man is having an uncomfortable amount of fun in the bathroom.
16. Corey Feldman
This adorable McDonalds commercial from 1975 may have been heartwarming back then, but 40 years later, it just reminds us how much The Goonies star hasn't aged since he was 4.
17. Demi Moore
We're not sure if the Ghost star was trying to sell Diet Coke by convincing us we might fall in love, or if she was trying to warn us of the dangers and health problems that could arise from drinking it, but we still like it.
18. Keanu Reeves:
Eating cereal has seriously never looked more fun than it does in this commercial. We would love to eat Kelloggs Corn Flakes with Keanu, Matrix style.
19. Stephen Colbert
This ad seems like a news report, and we can totally see a lot of similarities between this FirsTier Bank commercial and The Colbert Report.
20. Matt LeBlanc
Okay, the best things might come to those who wait, but does the Friends star now have to run back up to the roof, or is he just gonna waste that whole bottle of ketchup just to look cool eating one hot dog? Joey. Doesn't. Waste. Food.
21. Courteney Cox
Fun fact: the Friends star was the first person to ever say "period" (referring to menstruation, not punctuation) on TV. She then broke down more boundaries by starring in terribly-named-but-not-actually-terrible TV shows, like Cougar Town.
22. Elisabeth Moss
Are we the only ones watching this commercial as if we're watching Pegy pitch an ad campaign on Mad Men? We can't be.
23. Sarah Michelle Gellar
This 4-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar just slayed Burger King's competition faster than you could say "Buffy." Un-be-liev-able!
24. Bryan Cranston
Fans were amazed with how Bryan Cranston transformed from the lovable Hal on Malcolm in the Middle into the meth kingpin Heisenberg on Breaking Bad, but the truly incredible transformation of his career happened way earlier. The way he instantly goes from being a skunk to a human is absolutely astonishing.
25. Aaron Paul
This commercial seems like it could actually just be Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman waiting to eat his breakfast before heading off to Chemistry with Mr. White, doesn't it? Aaron Paul's gotta have his Pops, bitch!
26. Megan Mullally and John Goodman
We love Karen Walker enough to be able to recognize that incredible voice anywhere, even if it's some place strange, like a McDonalds commercial. While Karen would certainly never actually sell Egg McMuffins, we're pretty sure that Roseanne star John Goodman totally would.
27. Seth Green
We don't mean to diminish the abilities of our favorite werewolf from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or our favorite dimwitted cartoon son from Family Guy, but this is definitely Seth Green's brightest moment. That hair, the accent. He totally nails the 90s goon role with lines like, "Consequently, we can hit on 'em," and "Definitely - NOT!"
28. Tony Hale
Tony Hale won our hearts playing Buster on Arrested Development (and an Emmy playing Gary on Veep), and this commercial proves that he's made a career out of his hilarious concern regarding women's toiletries. We wonder if Gary's Leviathan on Veep has Herbal Essences.
29. Charlie Day
This quirky commercial for Cascade dishwasher detergent looks like Charlie Day just stepped out of an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Graduating and heading straight into retirement also seems like a total Charlie Kelly scheme, doesn't it?
30. Jane Lynch
Okay, the only thing we love more than Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger is this commercial with Glee star Jane Lynch camping out everyday trying to sneak a peak at the elusive mascot himself.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are among the latest Hollywood heavyweights who have joined calls for British officials to grant pardons to thousands of gay men who were prosecuted when homosexuality was illegal in the U.K. The two actors, who played lovers in Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, have signed a petition which was launched last month (Jan15) in honour of Alan Turing, the gay World War II codebreaker played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game.
The petition has been gathering speed since Cumberbatch threw his weight behind it, and other stars who have now given their backing include Jessica Alba, Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum and Bryan Cranston, while previous signatories include Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game co-star Keira Knightley, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, actor Matthew Goode, and moviemaker Lee Daniels.
As WENN went to press, the petition had gained more than 200,000 signatures.
Actors Emma Roberts and Dave Franco have been cast to star in the big screen adaptation of young adult novel Nerve. The American Horror Story star will portray an innocent girl who breaks out of her shell by playing an online game of truth-or-dare called Nerve, with a sexy and mysterious man, played by Franco.
In the thriller based on the popular book by Jeanne Ryan, the game's stakes grow increasingly higher as she finds herself in life-threatening situations.
American Horror Story executive producer Jessica Sharzer penned the screenplay, while filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who directed hit online dating documentary Catfish, will direct the project.
It will mark the third time Roberts has co-starred with a Franco - she starred alongside Dave's older brother James in his film Palo Alto, as well as new gay rights drama I Am Michael, which debuts at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday (29Jan15).
While we love the charcters on The Office, we have to admit that working at Dunder Mifflin would be kind of a drag. Selling paper is not exactly a dream job. But who holds the best positions within the Scranton branch, and who has the most annoying jobs?
Employee: Michael Scott
Position: Regional Manager
Michael is hilarious, but he's also an extremely incompetent boss. But somehow he gets away with most of his procrastination and bad decisions, which sounds pretty good to us.
Employee: Dwight Schrute
Position: Assistant (to the) Regional Manager
Dwight is basically Michael's lap dog. He might love his job, but it doesn't look like a fun time.
Employee: Jim Halpert
Position: Sales Representative
Between all the time he spends pranking Dwight and flirting with Pam, Jim doesn't seem to get much work done. But everyone still likes him because, well, he's Jim.
Employee: Pam Beesly
It takes a lot of patience to deal with someone like Michael. We don't know how Pam did it.
Employee: Kelly Kapoor
Position: Customer Service Representative
Kelly's job involves a lot of talking to people, and if there's one thing Kelly loves to do, it's talk.
Employee: Toby Flenderson
Position: Human Resources Representative
Would you want to work for a boss who basically wants you dead? Neither would we.
Employee: Ryan Howard
Position (originally): Temp
No matter how many times Ryan messes up, he somehow manages to keep working at Dunder Mifflin.
Employees: Angela Martin, Oscar Martinez, Kevin Malone
Having to work in a small corner with two people who annoy you sounds like a nightmare.
Employee: Creed Bratton
Position: Quality Assurance Representative
We're not sure what Creed does all day, but it's certainly not work.
Employee: Darryl Philbin
Position: Warehouse Foreman
Poor Darryl has to deal with all the accidents caused by Michael.
America's sweetheart and everyone's favorie actress, Emma Stone received her first ever Oscar nomination! She's nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her edgier, more foul-mouthed role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, which is a bit of a different role for the 26-year-old who stole our hearts at age 19. In honor of Emma's incredible year, we take a look back at the movies that made us love her more and more.
1. Superbad (2007)
Her breakout role as the cool, gorgeous girl in the Judd Apatow-produced teen comedy set the stage for what we would come to think of Emma herself. Hilarious, beautiful, self-deprecating, and pretty much the person everyone wants to hang out with. It's because of her character that Jonah Hill is inspired to endure all of the challenges in this movie, and we can't say we blame him. Come on, who wouldn't?
2. The House Bunny (2008)
Her role in the not-that-great-but-not-that-bad Anna Faris comedy as Natalie, an unfortunately styled nerdy sorority girl, was maybe a bit hard to believe at first (because she's flawless), but it was fun nonetheless. We would rewatch this movie any time just to watch Emma Stone as the virgin sacrifice at Zeta Alpha Zeta's Aztec party.
3. Zombieland (2009)
Wichita is probably the last person you'd want to encounter during a zombie apocalypse...or so it seems. Once you get over her penchant for conning people and her habit of pointing shotguns at you, you'd realize just how lovely an addition she'd make to your zombie-fighting group. She'll even be there to do drugs with Bill Murray. That is a cool girl.
4. Easy A (2010)
The movie that earned Stone her first Golden Globe nomination, Easy A, is easily her greatest role ever. As Olive Penderghast, Stone lies about losing her virginity, turns that lie into a business of sex-related lies, styles herself as a lingerie-clad Hester Prynne, and battles head-to-head with super conservative Marianne (Amanda Bynes). One of the most entertaining teen movies, this gets extra points for reimagining a book we hated in high school and making it awesome.
5. The Help (2011)
Emma plays the lovable "Skeeter" whose relationship with two black maids during the Civil Rights era in Mississippi begins as the maids assist the aspiring journalist with her cleaning column, but soon intensifies as she chooses to write their stories instead. Though it's Octavia Spencer who steals the show here, Stone's role is still as incredible as we've come to expect.
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
As a recent law school grad who first rejects and then falls in love with Ryan Gosling (lucky girl), Stone shined as bright as ever. Our favorite moment of the whole film is when she's Gosling's house, looking "R-rated sexy," and telling him that they're going to "bang" before self-consciously calling the super-hunk out for looking like he's Photoshopped.
7. Friends with Benefits (2011)
Though only a small role, her turn as the girl dumping Justin Timberlake for missing "Your Body Is A Wonderland" at the John Mayer concert is not only totally understandable (because he kind of is "the Sheryl Crow of our generation," right?), but is completely awesome. Her departure from the conversation, entirely over this relationship and more concerned with the Mayer concert, is perfect.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
SHE'S GWEN STACY! Arguably the greatest, most adorable movie girlfriend ever in the history of movies. Going too far? We don't think so! She's Peter Parker's love interest and the daughter of the police captain (who sooo does not approve of his daughter dating the dangerous Spider-Man), and we love her for it. More importantly than anything that happens in the actual movie, though, is her real life romance with the real life Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield. We love them on and off the screen.
9. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
It should be clear that any movie starring Emma Stone AND Colin Firth is going to be adorable and charming, right? Okay, now that we've settled that... Emma plays a psychic who doesn't really care that Firth is trying to disprove her powers, yada yada yada, she falls in love with him. The most charming part of the movie is, of course, Emma, particularly in her 1920s Gatsby-esque style. To die for!
10. Birdman (2014)
Is this the movie could land Emma her first Oscar?! Stone plays Michael Keaton's aggressive and brash fresh-out-0f-rehab daughter-turned-personal-assistant who seemingly doesn't give a hoot about anything. From her potty mouth to her pursuit of adrenaline highs, we were shocked and amazed at how terrific she was in this role.
Actress Jodie Foster has scored her first two nominations for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards after receiving recognition for her work behind the camera on House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. The Silence of the Lambs star directed a House of Cards episode, titled Chapter 22, last year (14), while she also took charge of the Thirsty Bird instalment for the female prison show's latest season.
Now the two shows have earned Foster nods in both the drama and comedy categories at the upcoming DGA Awards, making her the only nominee this year to garner attention two separate fields.
In the shortlist for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series, Foster will face competition from True Detective's Cary Joji Fukunaga, Game of Thrones' Alex Graves, and Dan Attias and Lesli Linka Glatter, who both scored mentions for separate Homeland episodes.
Meanwhile, the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series also features Gail Mancuso (Modern Family), Louis C.K. (Louie), Mike Judge (Silicon Valley) and Transparent's Jill Soloway, who picked up a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical on Sunday (11Jan15).
The movies for television and miniseries category will be a fight between Ryan Murphy (The Normal Heart), Lisa Cholodenko (Olive Kitteridge), Rob Ashford (Peter Pan Live!), Uli Edel (Houdini) and Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful), and Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) and Dan Krauss (The Kill Team) are among those up for the Documentary prize.
The TV and documentary nominees were announced on Wednesday (14Jan15), a day after the directors of Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and American Sniper were unveiled as the contenders for the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film honour.
The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 7 February (15). Glee star Jane Lynch will host for the second consecutive year.
Hollywood hunks Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are in talks to team up for a new movie about the most recent financial collapse. The trio is slated to lead the cast of an adaptation of Moneyball writer Michael Lewis' book The Big Short. Pitt will also produce the film with his partners at Plan B.
Jennifer Lopez was given a thrill during auditions for American Idol in Nashville, Tennessee last year (14) when a romantic 20-year-old student insisted on slow-dancing with her.
Michael Simeon wowed Lopez and fellow judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. with his rendition of a Sam Smith song and then had an odd request for the singer/actress.
Urban took Simeon's guitar and Connick, Jr. took over the audition room piano and performed Stay With Me as their fellow judge danced with the young wannabe with her head on his shoulder. After the magical moment, which featured in an episode of American Idol on Wednesday (07Jan15), Lopez told her dance partner, "You're so sweet. That's the most fun I've had in months."
Lopez has previously romanced a number of dancers, including former husband Cris Judd and ex-boyfriend Casper Smart.
Rapper Macklemore has suggested his success can be attributed to "white privilege".
In an interview with a U.S. radio station earlier this month (Dec14), outspoken rapper Azealia Banks slammed white hip-hop stars including Macklemore for winning Grammy Awards over black artists.
The Thrift Shop hitmaker paid a visit to the same New York radio station, Hot 97, on Monday (29Dec14) and gave his reaction to her comments.
When asked if he felt his skin color has contributed to his huge commercial success in the predominantly black genre, Macklemore replied, "Yes, absolutely. Why am I safe? Why can I cuss on a record, have a parental advisory sticker on the cover of my album, yet parents are still like, 'You're the only rap I let my kids listen to.'
"If I was black, what would my drug addiction look like? It would be twisted into something else versus maybe, 'Get back on your feet!' The privilege that exists in the music industry is just a greater symptom of the privilege that exists in America. There's no difference... I got put in that 'hero' box and I think that when that happens, it's because of white privilege."
The issue of race relations in the U.S. has become more of a hot-button issue in the past few months following the grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York, in which white police officers were not indicted for killing African-American men Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Macklemore, who joined protests against the Brown ruling in his native Seattle, Washington in November (14), went on to urge fellow Americans to speak out about race issues. He added, "Silence is an action and it's my privilege that I can be silent about this issue. And I'm tired of being silent about it. We have to get past that awkward stage of the race conversation. As a white person, we have to listen. We need to direct the attention to the people of colour that are on the ground mobilising and listen to those people.
"For me, as a white rapper, I'm like, 'How do I get involved on a level where I'm not co-opting the movement, but also realising the platform that I have and the reach that I have and doing it in an authentic, genuine way'."